The annual Nuit des Champions event in Marseilles, France just went down today and featured a card full of some of the best French fighters in kickboxing.
In the main event, Karim Bennoui and Thomas Adamandopoulos fought for the second time, after Bennoui defeated Adamandopoulos by way of debated split decision last year, also at Nuit des Champions. Once again, Karim Bennoui walked away with a decision victory over five rounds to capture the WKN title at -62.1kg. This is a very big win for Bennoui, who had not fought since January. The win will move him slightly up the LiverKick rankings once they're updated in the next few days.
At -76kg, Karim Ghajji defeated Dmitry Valent, again by way of decision over five rounds. Valent is a really good name to have now on Ghajji's resume. At -95kg, Stephane Susperregui continued to prove that he's probably the best French fighter at this weight, as he won by KO in the third round against Emmanuel Payet.
Abdallah Mabel offset Bruce Codron's winning streak, as he won by doctor stoppage in the third round. At 67kg, Abdallah Ezbiri continues to rebound from his loss to Yuta Kubo earlier in the year, taking a decision victory over Samir Mohamed.
62.1kg: Karim Bennoui def. Thomas Adamandopoulos by decision.
76kg: Karim Ghajji def. Dmitry Valent by decision.
95kg: Stephane Susperregui def. Emmanuel Payet by KO in Round 3.
70kg: Abdallah Mabel def. Bruce Codron by TKO (Doctor Stoppage) in Round 3.
79kg (Full Contact): Karim Benmansour def. Mehdi Amar by decision.
60kg women: Amel Dehby def. Fatima Adib by decision.
67kg: Abdallah Ezbiri def. Samir Mohamed by decision.
64kg: Charles Francois def. Vang Moua by decision.
80kg: Hicham Medoukali def. Nicolas Atmani by decision.
91kg: Fabian Fouquet def. Jose Moreira by decision.